THE stunning $1.1million mansion once owned by Mike Tyson has been converted to a place of worship after it was given to an Ohio church group five years ago.
Tyson sold the Southington property in 1999 amid financial trouble – and after passing through various hands the mansion was acquired by the Living World Sanctuary who set about a four-year restoration.
The exterior of Mike Tyson’s massive estate in Ohio that has been converted into a house of worship [/caption]
All the work on the massive estate was done by the church’s 150 members.
Pastor Nick DeJacimo spoke with WKYC about the estates remodeling, saying: “People were so willing to work. And all labor has been done by 93-94 percent of the people from the church.”
“What you see here is what everybody has come together and done on their own.”
The boxing legend’s former estate was donated to the church by the previous owner leaving Living Word Sanctuary responsible of pay about $50,000 in back-taxes.
The portion of the home where Mike Tyson’s pool was located is now a sanctuary for the church members[/caption]
The indoor pool section of the home that was converted to a sanctuary[/caption]
According to DeJacimo, the most difficult part of the transformation was turning Tyson’s indoor pool and whirlpool room into a sanctuary.
Next to the sanctuary is a large main entrance area complete with beige-gray walls, dark woodwork, wrought-iron railings and a small fountain.
The area used to be Tyson’s living room.
Painted on the walls are biblical messages welcoming people, including one near the main entrance that reads, “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out,” from the Book of Deuteronomy.
Mike Tyson’s former living room has been transformed into a gathering place[/caption]
Mike Tyson’s former living room before it was renovated[/caption]
The front gates of the abandoned Tyson estate[/caption]
“Just this building alone today would be $7.6million to rebuild. And we remodeled this place for a faction,” DeJacimo told the outlet.
“And to own it and have it paid for, to where we can come in here without any pressure of meeting bills and those types of things is a blessing.”
While all the indoor work at the estate is completed, DeJacimo said landscaping and outdoor work still needs to be done, including a back patio area for weddings and events.
When entering the property, a one-acre lake sits on one side and a two-acre lake sides on the other side, which DeJacimo said adds to the beauty of the estate.
Remnants of the 54-year-old boxer’s time still remains with the basketball court still intact.
A section of Tyson’s old home transformed after the remodeling process[/caption]
Another section of Tyson’s old mansion transformed by the Living World Sanctuary group[/caption]
Rooms in the mansion were transformed into children’s rooms[/caption]
Pastor Nick DeJacimo giving a tour of the newly renovated rooms[/caption]
Mike Tyson’s old basketball court is still intact at the estate[/caption]
The chimney portion were Tyson once displayed his championship belts[/caption]
An aerial shot of the new Living World Sanctuary church[/caption]
The old fireplace where Tyson used to display his titles has been turned into an indoor waterfall, while the four-bay garage is now classrooms and a nursery.
The tall steel cages where Tyson kept his four tigers have been dismantled for an outdoor pavilion.
Trumbull County politician Ted Vannelli built the mansion in 1979 before he was convicted on corruption charges.
Tyson bought the estate, which was near the home of boxing promoter Don King, and lived there after he was released from prison.
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Tyson sold it to Paul Monea, known for his Tae Bo videos, but he lost it when he was sent to prison for money laundering. After that the property fell into disrepair.
“Every time I walk in this place, it reminds me that he’s still a miracle God. All you have to do is believe him and walk in his ways,” DeJacimo told the publication.
Photos of the estate before the renovation process were provided by photographer Johnny Joo.